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Palm Springs prefers blondes, but must give big goodbye to 17-ton Marilyn Monroe statue

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows the "Forever Marilyn" sculpture getting a shower from the Palm Springs Fire Department in Palm Springs, Calif. Palm Springs is singing “Goodbye, Norma Jean.” The city is throwing a send-off party Thursday March 27, 2014, for this massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has become beloved by both tourists and locals in the two years it was on loan from The Sculpture Foundation.(AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Jay Calderon,File) RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE OUT; NO SALES; NO FOREIGN

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Well over 1,000 people have attend a send-off for a massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has become beloved by both tourists and locals in the two years it was on loan from The Sculpture Foundation.

The Desert Sun (http://bit.ly/1mxlYak ) reports the downtown party Thursday included a performance by the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus. Guests included Carol Channing, who originated on Broadway the role Monroe played in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

The 26-foot-tall (eight-meter-tall), 34,000-pound (15,422-kilogram) statue named “Forever Marilyn” will soon go to Hamilton, New Jersey, for an exhibit honouring its designer, Seward Johnson.

The sculpture depicts Monroe in her memorable billowing skirt pose from the “The Seven Year Itch.”

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Information from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/